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    Wood Splitting

    Hello All - now for a change of topic . . .

    Currently I burn mostly Macrocarpa - real knarly stuff which can be pretty tough to split. At the present I'm using a beam type hydraulic splitter on my 85 HP tractor (which is only at idle hence burning very little fuel, but the hour meter is ticking so the depreciation is certainly costing).

    In the near future I'll probably have to switch to Beech or plantation Eucalypt, both of which are a bit easier to split, but only when fresh.

    I process for about 3 or 4 families, so we're doing 40-50 cubic metres per year.

    Since I'm running a 2.5 tonne excavator as part of my business I've been thinking about splitting with it - operating costs are about half that of the tractor, and I think it will save a lot of back work - wear and tear on the body by splitting straight onto the trailer . . . and much reduced lifting of rings.

    So - excavator splitter's, anybody using or tried one - whats most efficient, hydraulic beam type or screw/cone type?? Any thoughts?? A commercial cone type looks to be quite a big investment whereas I can build my own beam splitter.

    Anyone running a cone on a auger drive like an auger-torque?

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    Hydraulic rams are really cheap to rebuild in comparison to auger drives. Also, cone splitters are a fair bit more expensive to build/buy than the beam and wedge/blade type. I think you answered your own question there, especially if you already have a suitable splitter that might only require a minimal mod or two to get set up into a system that will dump onto a trailer. I would think that 40-50 cubes would not hit the break-even point for a large commercial cone unit, I've gone back to only dealing with one site and one family doing prunings on our 1 acre lifestyle block so I'm currently using the swinging splitter (axe). Way cheaper and saves gym fees...

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    one thing to watch with a cone splitter was if spinning fast knots and hard bits of wood can almost explode a guard would be a good idea

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    Don't fuck around with toys

    Get yourself one of these as demonstrated here at about the 1 minute mark.

    https://youtu.be/EEL3A5-ZuPg

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    I can very clearly see it in my imagination how Worksafe would be falling of their chairs when they see some of these in action....

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    How about just getting a small stationary motor and hydraulic pump and making a hydraulic power pack for the splitter you already have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetman View Post
    How about just getting a small stationary motor and hydraulic pump and making a hydraulic power pack for the splitter you already have?
    what he said
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    take a look at crd metalworks ones give you more time to do other things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetman View Post
    How about just getting a small stationary motor and hydraulic pump and making a hydraulic power pack for the splitter you already have?
    Or hydraulic takeoff off digger?
    Please excuse spelling, as finger speed is sometimes behind brain spped........ Or maybe the other wayy.....

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    Yeah I've tried the current splitter off the digger and it runs it fine, but its too big to fling about, and half the battle with a splitter is not having to handle the rings more than once
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    try a log grip on the digger instead of moving splitter.once you split rings into 3 or 4 bits easily handled then.

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    Doctor the splitter to work vertically so you only have to roll the rounds onto a plate at the bottom.
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    Or make a grizzly splitter - only one ram cycle and all your bits are split.

 

 

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